back early Friday morning to finish off her final
seven holes and posted a round of 2-under 69.
Anderson said she first saw her name on a
leaderboard on the seventh hole and described
it as “surreal. My brother and I joked like, well,
somebody better get a picture of that. It’s not
going to be up there for very long. It’s going to
be up there all night, so I was excited.”
Anderson graduated from high school at age
16 and will be a junior at North Dakota State
in the fall. She said she usually puts down her
clubs at the end of October and then doesn’t
pick them up again until January. She plans to
play college golf the next two years and earn a
degree in accounting before she turns pro.
She also came to The Broadmoor somewhat
star-struck. “When I got here last week,
was playing right behind me,” she said.
“I was like, ‘Okay, this is for real.’ ”
hasn‘t finished in the top 10
in a major championship since 2006, and last
week she continued that streak after she shot
77 in the first round and needed a 35-foot birdie
putt at the 18th to just make the cut at 7 over.
Two weeks before, she tied for last in the LPGA
Championship in Rochester, N. Y.
thinks she knows why Wie has not yet
fulfilled the promise of her teenage years.
“The physical part is there,” Sorenstam
said. “Sometimes you wonder if she’s mentally
strong enough to finish at the top.”
Said Wie, in a pre-tournament interview,
“I’ve had a lot of ups and downs, but that’s re-
ally how everyone’s career is going. I’ve been
proud of myself that I kept with it and kept
trying to get better. Every year I feel like I’m
getting more and more motivated to win and do
better, to become a better player. I still try my
hardest every single day ... so looking at that
I’m pretty proud of myself.”
The U.S. Golf Association is contemplating
using the women’s world rankings, inaugurated
in 2005, as one possible criterion for an exemp-
tion into the U.S. Women’s Open, and executive
indicated last week that it
might happen in the next three years.
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